In my earlier post I mentioned how I was so desperate to introduce wildlife in my paintings. Well, after several creative disasters I think I nailed one painting finally. I can't tell you how satisfied i feel to have got this painting right. This was a major creative block for me. Every time I had to give up on a deer, I felt very frustrated. This time I attempted a bull elk, simply because I had a ton of pictures from the recent trip. I must say painting animals is like portraiture. Its not just the color & values but also the anatomy of the animal that one has to worry about; and that is was made it tough for me. Hopefully i'll ease into painting wildlife over time.
This time the process was a little different from usual. Generally I start with a basic sketch and then begin my painting. This time, just the sketch was not enough. I had to practice drawing the elk before I drew/sketched it on my panel. It took quite some time. It is such times when I realize how important it is to stay in touch with drawing. Once I sketched the elk on a paper I transferred it to the panel using a carbon paper. Thereafter the painting continued as usual. It just felt like it took forever to actually begin the painting.
|Transferring to the sketch to my panel|
|Ready to paint.|
|Wandering in the Meadows 18x24 oil on panel|